Team | Executive Director
Kat Hartwig grew up on her family ranch in the Southern Rockies of BC. She has been involved in international, national and regional environmental advocacy issues relating to sustainable tourism, endangered species, corporate social responsibility and water based ecosystem health since 1983. Kat continues to advocate for land and water policy and protection mechanisms necessary to support biodiversity, source water protection and climate resilient communities. She is an advisor on the Panel for Global Water Futures Canada’s First Research Excellence Fund, and for the Lake Windermere Ambassadors; BC Water Leaders Consortium; Small Change Fund; Vancouver Foundation Environmental advisory; Canadian Freshwater and the Columbia Basin Trust Climate Resilience Advisory. Her current board positions include: the Columbia Basin Water Stewardship Network, and German-based Global Nature Fund. Kat is a former board member of The Keepers of the Water and West Coast Environmental Law and the North American Lake Management Society. (NALMS).
Kat facilitates cross sector-corporate, academic, Indigneous and non-Indigenous multi-level governments and NGO partnerships and collaborations for water stewardship in relation to climate change. She lives where she was born, and where she raised her daughters, by the headwaters of the Columbia River in the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation and the Shuswap Indian Band.